On Tuesday, March 23rd, 2013,  six students and one teacher from Shimada, Japan visited John F. Kennedy High School. Shimada is Richmond’s official sister city. They arrived at 8:30 and were given a warm welcome by students and the principal who greeted them with a welcome banner written in Japanese created by the Leadership class. They were given a VIP tour of the facilities which culminated in the gym where they participated in a pick-up basketball game. On the football field, Kennedy students taught them the finer points of American football.  In Ms. Hansen’s drama class, they watched a few skits performed by our students. They then went with individual Kennedy students to shadow them to one of their classes for about 30 minutes to get a taste of a real American classroom. In Ms. Eaglin’s dance class, our students taught the delegation the latest hip-hop moves while they performed a choreographed number to a popular Japanese song. When it was time to say goodbye, students rushed to exchange e-mail addresses, and take one last photo together. It was an enriching experience for all who participated. We thank the Eagle foundation for their support in helping this wonderful event happen.